ANC Making a Big Mistake by Expelling Julius Malema

This is a very sensitive issue and I believe the ANC is making a huge mistake if it expels Julius Malema from the ANC Party.

It’s a known fact by nearly everyone that the Youths in Africa are the most vulnerable in terms of employment, skills development, and access to socio-economic programs; and each ruling party anywhere in Africa should embrace at all costs to making sure that the Youths are well cared for. Because if you look at the age median of the political spectrum today in Africa; the majority of the voters are the youths, and I am referring to those who were born after 1990. They don’t know anything first-hand about apartheid or colonization, except what they read in history books and hear mythical stories as told by their parents and friends in the streets.

The youths today don’t care about what happened during the apartheid era or colonization; they only care about their cellphones, laptops, cars, tablet devices, connecting to the Web; in short, they only care about money; and I mean “hard cash” and nothing else. Hence any ruling party that doesn’t cater to providing the youths in their country with the much needed resources to put hard cash in their pockets, then that ruling party is doomed and is risking losing the next or next-to-next general election.

As for the ANC, it needs to realize that Julius Malema, regardless of his hard rhetoric and militant tenor, he’s more influential and more powerful than the ANC itself (consider the Hip-Hop group, Public Enermy, in the 80’s and early 90’s, do you know what happened during that time to the US cities of Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, etc. with their militant song; “Fight the Power”?), meaning that if he gets expelled from the ANC, that he’s more than able and capable of creating his own political party and be able to raise enough funds to easily win the next South African Presidential election.

Now, before you say “no” he can’t do that, then look at South African youths; the majority of them are blacks and are unemployed or underemployed and if Malema can put together a powerful and experienced Advisory Committee to court and guide him, so that he can tone down his militant rhetoric and embrace a more softer but still hard-toned down tenor that directly addresses the issues that the South African Youths are facing daily, then this will coin him and guarantee him to win the next South African Presidential Election.

Now, instead for the ANC to expel him, it should consider offering him and putting him in a “Strategic Position” within the ANC Party that will cater to pulling and attracting the angry South African Youths to the ANC Party, and then try to address their issues collectively. However, if they expel him from the ANC Party, because he has criticized President Jacob Zuma, then they are risking losing the next Presidential Election, because the Youths will likely follow him to whatever party he goes.

And in general, African Presidents need to get used to being ridiculed and criticized; this is democracy. Constituencies must have the rights to air their views on the President’s job performances. Criticism and being ridiculed don’t mean disrespectful, it simply implying an unsatisfactorily sentiments due to the President’s job precipitation.

The world has changed; everything in it has changed; politics and business as usual have changed; it’s not the same old principled theories any more. And every leader anywhere should embrace this change; which is the new age of interacted, and a more connected global economy. Political economy no longer has roots; it’s meaningless. Economic transformation is the next wave for Africa’s industrialization as fueled by the passion for Africans to live like other humans elsewhere in the world.

Socialism, Communism, Fascism, etc are dead, even the Soviet Union (USSR) doesn’t exist any more, capitalism has seen its transformation change and chanllenge since The 2008 Great Recession. Now it’s the market-driven-economy which rules and controls this wind of a new change; a world of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, iPhone, and more. These platforms have completely revolutionized how things work and are done today; both in politics, business, entertainment, science, and everything else.

The global information in which we live now is on everyone’s fingertips. We are now more connected, more smarter, more informed, more vocal, and more open. The print news media are no longer relevant. Their relevancy only for confirmation of the reported news.

This new global change needs and must be understood and accepted by African leaders who still practice and focus on the old politics, the politics of old dogs fighting for old bones.

This new change needs to ring clear and loud within every ruling party especially in Africa; that the Youths at all costs “must come first”. Because any country that overlooks or underestimates its youths is directly or indirectly doomed to have political fallout and economic demise. And the ANC must consider reinstating Malema right away and find a common goal to best work and reason with him, if they want to win the next Presidential Election.

If ANC expels Julius Malema today, expect a huge political backlash against the ANC Party.

(I wrote this unbiased opinion as an Analyst, not a politician. I hate politics. And, no I am not a supporter of Julius Malema, I think he’s a joke, but I respect him as a human being).

Wanna Get Rich Fast in a Developing Economy? Join a Political Party!

PERHAPS I will never get to fully understand this; small developing economies, mostly in Africa, generally have gazillions of political parties, while large developed economies, generally in the West, have on an average two political party systems. WHY?

Oh, I forgot, no one wants to be ruled by the other; and if you want to get rich fast in Africa, then what’s the best option other than starting your own political party, and then win a few seats in the parliament so you too can enjoy generous luxurious perks generally granted to the MPs?

On an average; such as in the US, if you are not already rich, meaning, if you have not already have made it on your own, chances are that no one will vote for you. You have to be already successful in your personal career and endeavor before you are entrusted to be elected in a general election in order to hold a public office, but only based on your own merit.

Whereas in developing economies, a dead poor someone can simply come from a rural area someone; perhaps with some good government or political connections on the top, then eventually is enclosed within a political party which will likely guarantee his or her election for a public office, and then that’s where he/she will be chopping up the dough.

Because, in most of the developing economies, individual people don’t run for public offices based on their own merit, they join political parties and then they are perhaps appointed to be included in the election. And since only the political party runs, and not the individual person, then whoever is in that party’s election, he or she’s guaranteed to win if the party wins.

Unlike in large two-party political systems, where you, as an individual candidate has to sweat it out, campaigning on your own, until you win the primaries before the party on which you belong can recognize you as their sole candidate in that specific election.

Only your individual merit, not your political party, will get you elected in an office.

Is this the DEmocRACY?

Obama vs. Gadhafi and the Quagmire of Britain and France Skywar

A pool of Republican presidential hopefuls have been sprinkling up recently concerning Obama’s authorization to engage in the Libyan’s Quagmire of the no-fly-zone war.

Donald Trump is one of those conservative republicans, who also is considering running for the Presidency in 2012. He too has been very vocal against Obama’s decision to get the US engaged in the Libya’s crisis.

Among the liberal democrats, you have a few such as Dennis Kucinich, who’s also criticizing Obama, and he too is again considering running for the US Presidency. He’s been doing so, running for the Presidency, since the moon moved up in the sky.

Basically, you have more republicans, especially those who are Presidential candidate hopefuls throwing in their say so in order to score political points.

That’s what they do, it’s all about scoring points with the voters.

Amid all of these, let’s look at what happened in Tunisia; the citizens demanded change in government leadership, and the Tunisian President peacefully stepped down. So as in Egypt. In Libya, Gadhafi did the opposite.

As citizens started to get louder and louder, he started shoot-to-kill and firing at them with warplanes, etc. The rest is history.

In the US, the price of oil was approaching $5 a gallon, and that’s not good for the US. Hence Obama had to do something. The US pressured the UN to pass that resolution claiming that Gadhafi is killing his own people, hence he must be stopped.

There are 3 African member countries, namely  Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon, on the UN security council for this year who also voted for the tabulated “no fly-zone” UN resolution; with the majority voted for the “no-fly” zone in Libya to help protect the citizens from Gadhafi’s warplanes. China and Russia excused themselves from voting, this time China didn’t threaten to veto, as it usually does such as the case of Darfur.

Obama and his allies went to enforce the “no fly zone”, but Gadhafi continued to pound his people. So we have the skywar.

All in all, there were people who died in Rwanda, Darfur, DRC, etc., but nothing was done immediately by the international communities in order to help stop those genocides. But for Libya, it’s a different story, perhaps because of that escalation in the price of crude oil.

So, what’s the actual rational explanation for the Libyan skywar and civil war? Should we blame Gadhafi no matter what he has done, or perhaps not has done, for his country during all of his 42 years in power? Or should we blame Obama for going there to enforce that excuse of “no fly zone”?

Which lives are more valuable? The ones for the people of Darfur, DRC, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Afghanistan, or which ones?

Is Wyclef Jean Good for Haiti’s Presidency?

Today, Wyclef Jean has formerly filed his paperwork to run for the Haitian Presidency in the November 28th, 2010 Haiti Presidential Election.

This could be a new beginning for Haiti. It is the first country in Latin America to gain independence in 1804; and although its independence was not fully recognized until 1825, looking back, Haiti has never really enjoyed peace, prosperity, and stability since its independence from France. It has been flooded by coups, civil wars, and natural disasters.

And France is partly or mostly to be blamed; since they left, they never looked back to help with anything. And now with Mr. Jean running and hoping to win the Presidency, this could be the change that Haiti desperately needs.

Mr. Jean has worked very hard over the years to help his country; even prior to the disastrous Earth quake, he has been an avid vocal for prosperity for all Haitians. And his organization, Yele Haiti, has raised more money for the Earthquake victims and rebuilding just as much as Red Cross and Bush-Clinton Haiti Fund.

If he wins, and wins he will because he’s very popular among young people and young people make up the majority of Haitian voters, it’s a new face, a new generation, and his celebrity status could put Haiti more on the international front, which could result in more affluent rebuilding society for all Haitians. I believe for Mr. Jean to run and wins the Haitian presidency is good for Haiti and all of Haitians.

Sean Penn who has only lived in Haiti for months and a few analysts are questioning the integrity and ultimate motive for Mr. Jean to run for Haiti’s Presidency. But, let us step back a little; Wyclef Jean was born in Haiti, yes, but he and his family moved to Brooklyn when he was 9 years old. Now, for someone who has left his birth country and still grows to love and support it after all those years, given the fact that he has returned to Haiti over and over, doing charity work, doing mentoring, and inspiring young people to do better regardless of their financial and upbringing background; then if Wyclef is not fit to be President of Haiti, then i don’t know who else could.

How many of us can actually say that after we have left our birth countries at young age or any age have gone back to reclaim our roots and do things to help better our birth home towns? I personally don’t like Whyclef’s music, I never listen to his music or the Fugees’ music except their first one hit song; but for years I have been following Wyclef with his offstage charity work and from that, he’s as a humanitarian, as the word itself could mean. I appreciate his efforts; just the fact that he has done and does what he has been doing for his birth country, that;s good enough.

His celebrity status will help put Haiti on an international spotlight from socioeconomic standpoint. But then again, I could be wrong about him. We can only wait and see what happens 2 years in his administration. I strongly believe that there’s no any better candidate for Haiti’s presidency right now other than Mr. Jean.

Mr. Jean cares about Haiti based on his many years of charity work. Plus he’s young and hip, and a new generation, and that’s good for Haiti. The old neopolitical ideology by the older generation is dead; we are in a new age now. With the new technology, and thus these slow-growing and stagnant, developing economies should embrace these new changes if their true aims are to help achieve and realize their rapid economic development visions.

Remembering My Beloved Brother, Daniel, Who Survived the War But Not the Fatal Car Accident

Daniel, my older brother joined SWAPO, an organization that fought against South Africa Apartheid government for the independence of Namibia, when I was little. Like many Namibians who fled the country during the South African Apartheid, he too did. He went and stayed gone in exile for over 9 years without ever hearing a word from him, for security and safety reasons for our family.

So I grew up with my mom and my two young brothers, Sakeus and Thomas,  and my baby sister, Libertine, alone at our rural farm. My three older sisters, Maria, Jenny and Sippora; Maria was married and the other two, Sippora was in high school away from home, and Jenny was working in Oshakati to support us. My dad lived in Oshakati all his life and never provided us with any financial support.

Towards the end of 1989 when all exiled people returned to Namibia, we were shocked that Daniel also returned, well and healthy. All those years he was gone, he was a soldier for the SWAPO military wing, the PLAN. I was at school in the US when he returned and when I went back to Namibia, it was during the election campaign, and I got busy going around with SWAPO President Sam Nujoma helping with the election and only went to Oshakati once where Daniel was also volunteering at the SWAPO office helping with the election.

I walked in to the SWAPO office and asked the gentleman who was at the reception desk that I came to see Daniel and the guy asked me who I was and I told him my name and that I was Daniel’s young brother. He told me to wait and he went back to call Daniel.

I was nervous because I haven’t seen my brother since I was a kid. And then the guy came back from the back room and asked me to come in to the back office. He asked me to sit down on the couch in the living room, and he sat next to me and he said he was Daniel. We both didn’t know what to do. We hugged each other and cried and then talked. We talked for about 15 minutes and then I had to leave because everyone was waiting for me, so I had to go. We promised each other to meet after the election.

So I left happy and was still dreaming that my brother whom I haven’t seen in years was alive and well. And after the independence in March 1990, I went to Oshakati from Windhoek to see him. I went to his flat (apartment) and we were so happy to see each other again. I was dressed in a black sport suit but without a shirt or anything under, and when he looked at me he thought I looked so cool. He also put on similar suit but a brown one, and also without a shirt under.

We took a walk, strolling down the street, shirtless but with jackets only, we looked so cool, and just talked. That was the best day of my life ever, walking and talking with my older brother. I grew up alone looking up to no body but my mom and suddenly there I was, walking with my brother for the first time in my life and after so many years. We looked so cool together.

My brother was the coolest and most good looking guy ever. He was tall and slender, and light skin. He looked so cool and I was so happy that I was no longer alone as the head of our little family. Finally I was going to answer to someone else other than my mom who was then and is still my best friend and hero. Finally I had a man in my life that I could proudly look forward to spending time with, learn from him and just to feel safe again, just to have a male role model in my life.

We went to a fish and chips sandwich place and we ordered some food. He asked me what I wanted to drink. For the first time my brother was asking me what I wanted to drink. Then I told him that I would have a Fanta and he asked to have the same.

Then we stood there arguing who to pay for the food. I was telling him that I was paying because I was from Windhoek, and he was saying he would pay, and we stood there for a few minutes looking at each other laughing and arguing who should pay, and he said, look kid, I’m the older so I will pay. So he paid for the food and we sat down and ate and were just talking about the family related things. I finally had a male figure to talk to him about our family affair.

I was so happy, it felt like heaven, it felt so surreal that I was sitting there and eating a meal with my older brother. Then he told me that he was engaged and also had a little 3 year old daughter, Maria, named after our older sister. He asked me that one day when I get some time that I should come and go with him to meet his daughter and his fiancé.

Then we left to the bus stop where I was gonna get on the bus to go back to Windhoek as I had to go to work the next day. At the bus stop, he hugged me tight and told me that he was very proud of me and that he loves me. For the first time ever, someone else, and it was my brother telling me that he was proud of me and that he loves me. I got on the bus and he came to the window of the bus and held my hand and telling me that he will see me again soon.

As the bus was leaving, my brother stood there waving at me until I couldn’t see him any more. So I left. Long story short, a few months later, I was walking on the street in a daze, for two long weeks I was in a dark cloud, I didn’t eat I didn’t sleep, my uncle Joe would ask me what was wrong and I told him I didn’t know.

But on that cloudy but sunny day, I took a walk and as I was walking down the street, a childhood friend saw me and walked up to me and said, Simon, what are you doing here, haven’t you heard? And I said heard what? On the radio, your brother Daniel died in a car accident in Caprivi. Then the whole world came crumbling down on me right then and at that moment I felt no sense of anything.

I got up, as I had just collapses to the ground, went home, packed up my stuff and went home to my mom. At my mom, she was devastated, I didn’t shed a tear as I didn’t want my mom to feel even worse if she sees me crying. I became a man, went to the mortuary, took his body, arranged for my brothers funeral and buried him.

Two weeks later in Windhoek, something just came over me. It hit me so hard, the death of my brother, and I cried for two long weeks, mourning the death of my brother. And then I got up, went to my mom and asked her how to go find my brother’s daughter.

Then I went looking for her and found her mother about 200 miles away far in the north of Namibia near Angola. Then her mom and I talked and I took the little 3 year old girl and took her with me to Windhoek and raised her as my daughter. I was just 19 years old. My life as a young man ended and I became a father.

I was working as a sound engineer for NBC so money was not a problem. I bought my first 3 bedroom house before I turned 21 so I could better raise my daughter, Maria. She’s now 24 years old and very beautiful and smart. If there’s anything I have been successful at in my life, it’s raising and taking care of my daughter, Maria. I have been her mother and father, and I am so proud of her, so much, and if my brother would come back and see her, he would be so proud of her, and hopefully he would appreciate me more.

My brother Daniel, died while he was serving as a Paramilitary Police for the newly formed Namibia Defense Force. Him and two other died in a military vehicle in a head on collision in Katima, Caprivi in 1990, just a few months after Namibia’s Independence from South Africa.

He spent over 9 years fighting the bush war against the Apartheid South African Powerful Forces and survived, unharmed, a bit injured but survived and was healthy just to come and die in a silly head on collision.

In 2002, my young half brother Absalom, whom I hadn’t seen since 1984, but became close by emailing each other, I had registered him to come to the US and attend college at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio was driving with friends from Windhoek to Oshakati.

Right after they passed Otjiwarongo, their car had an accident, it rolled over and he was sitting in the back seat, unfortunately without a seat belt. He was thrown out of the car and went throw the windshield and got cut by the wires that made up the side fence, he died a few hours later.

Yes, redesigning and rebuilding Namibia’s express highways is very personal, sort of a revenge to help make the roads in Namibia better so other people don’t lose their lives or get injured as my brothers did.

It can never be more personal than this and I am taking it head on, with the help of my friends, Robbie and Robert, in the US, and the best team in the world, in Namibia led by Peter and Joseph, and in South Africa, Japan, and a pool of incredible partners and investors across the globe.

A Change of Politics Coming to Namibia; SWAPO or the Rally for Democracy?

As the general election is coming near, in Namibia, and all of you are looking and deciding who to elect as the new President, please do so with an open mind.

I am assuming that most of you that are reading this blog, or on social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, are mostly those of you, who were born around the late 1980’s and or early 1990’s.

So, the stories about the apartheid system and oppression may only be known to you because of what you have been told or read in school. And now, you look at certain issues and then you think that everything is going so wrong. That SWAPO as the ruling party has done this wrong or hasn’t done enough. But from an outside point of view, Namibia is one of the best countries in the world, and only four of the best in Africa, Botswana, Ghana, and South Africa being the other, with great political stability, economic fast growth, and steady rising per capita income.

Some of those things that you feel your current leaders may not be doing fast enough are just minor politics, which happen everywhere. It’s not always the ministers or government officials that must hold those elected in power accountable, but the people themselves. And you, the people, must hold those you elect responsible and accountable, and you can surely do so through your writings and speaking up. Complete transparency is only achieved through people, but only when everyone is involved in the process.

As US President Kennedy once said; “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. In short, that simply means that don’t just sit back and wait for the government to do everything for you. You have to initiate and do whatever it is that you want to achieve in your life, without solely waiting for the government to do it for you.

And regardless, Namibia is a great place to live; one of only a few places where you guys, since after independence in 1990 have grown up and are still growing up without war (the Caprivi case was just a little ditch compared to what could have happened to the whole country). So, Pohamba and Company, must be doing something good because they have continued to make Namibia a great place to live.

There are many things in regard to economically and politically growth that must happen in order to help make a country an even better place for all, and it won’t happen over night not even after 20 years; it has taken the US nearly 200 years, so give your current leaders your utmost support; create and write blogs; or news columns, and speak up.

They are listening, even when you think they are not. If you see or experience that something is wrong, call them up, ask to speak to them and tell them what you think. They will pick up the phone and speak to you. Or write to them. You just have to stop standing on the side line, complaining about issues, but are not doing anything to help effect good governance.

For a Namibian born living in the States, I’m very happy with how the government of Namibia is running. The only bad thing that could happen from here is, if someone else comes to power and starts acting like some of other African leaders, who may cause discomfort, and interrupt the current flow of peace and stability in the country.

Look back and think; since 1990, you have enjoyed nothing but complete tranquility, peace, and prosperity, and then decide, go out, and vote with a clear mind whether you want to keep the same process of peace, economic growth and progress going forward strong.

What is Not Happening Inside the White House’s Situation Room for the War in Afghanistan?

On September 11, 2007, I wrote and published a blog article titled, “Bush to Kick Gen. Pervez Musharraf Out?“, and less than a year later, Musharraf was out of Pakistan as its President.

And I am now going to write about what’s been happening in Afghanistan for the past 8 years, which most of you may not agree with this analysis, but one must look at both sides to completely understand what might need to happen in order to end the current war in Afghanistan, because it’s not through the barrel of the gun that the war in Afghanistan will come to an end and finally bring the US troops in Afghanistan back home, to their families and friends.

Yesterday, September 30, 2009, President Obama met with 8 of his top cabinets, military generals and advisers, inside the White House’s Situation Room to discuss a new strategy and direction for the war in Afghanistan. And today, it’s being reported that Mr. Obama will take a few weeks to decide what new direction he will undertake for the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Some of the Top US generals in Afghanistan including McChrystal have asked President Obama for an additional 5,000+ troops to help curb the current escalation of violence and incidents caused by the ruthless and cunning Taliban fighters.

History tells us that, according to Stephen Tanner’s “Afghanistan: A Military History”, dating back to the 3rd century BCE, ranging from the occupations of Afghanistan by Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the British, the Soviet Union, and the recent rise, and fall, of the Taliban, no one, none of the above stated, dating back to about 2,500 years ago, has won the war against the Afghanis.

John RamboIn the movie, Rambo III, as played by Sylvester Stallone, depicting his mission to supply weapons to the Afghan rebels, the Mujahedeen, who were fighting against the Soviet during the Afghan Soviet War. By paraphrasing, his co-star is heard telling Rambo how the Afghanis have always resisted and refused to be conquered by anyone, and that they never give up their land to anyone, no matter what the cost, they are willing to die for their land.

Following the heinous act of terrorism attack of September 11, 2001 on US soil, the U.S. and its coalition forces, NATO, raged Operation Enduring Freedom and toppled the unofficial Taliban government in Afghanistan which then housed Osama bin Laden and his terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda. And the US and NATO were instantly successful in toppling them, but have yet to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and most of the Taliban leaders, such as Mullah Mohammed Omar.

And for the past 8 years, the US and NATO have been on the defense, without much success in getting rid of and defeating the Taliban and Al-Qaeda members who have since fled and may be hiding in the deep and rugged mountains of Afghanistan or inside the Southern lawless of Pakistan.

What’s really the case with Afghanistan? Why can’t the US and NATO defeat the Taliban? What’s Obama going to do from here to defeat the Taliban? Will the increase of US troops in Afghanistan help make a difference in defeating the Taliban and bring peace and stability to the much devastated people of Afghanistan? Will Osama bin Laden finally be captured or killed once the Taliban have been defeated?

These are some of the many questions that most people around the world are asking themselves. But no one seems to have an actual solution of what to do, even the US top generals in Afghanistan are simply playing the chicken game of what to do next.

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, the then presidential candidate, Obama, promised that if elected, he will finally bring an end to the war in Iraq, and then moves the US troops from Iraq to Afghanistan in order to finally, once and for all, defeat the Taliban, capture or kill Osama bin Laden, and bring peace and stability to the people of Afghanistan.

But, let’s step out of the box for a minute and think about what the people of Afghanistan really want. Like most Iraqis, no matter who’s trying to help free them from the shackles of such as the Taliban, the Afghanis may regard you as an occupier of their beloved land, and thus they will always resist you. They will not honestly work with you, they will not listen to you, they will not honor their promise to work with you, and they simply look at you as an evil occupier, who doesn’t belong in their land. All they want is for you to leave and get off of their land.

The main problem right now that is currently treachery hindering the US and NATO, is that they just cannot find an easy way to defeat the Taliban. Simply because the Taliban fighters have perished their military uniforms and integrated themselves within and among the Afghani people. And that’s why the US and NATO forces have never been able to know whom they are fighting against.

And the Afghani people just never fully cooperate with the US and NATO forces to point out the Taliban fighters who are among them. It has gotten to the point that, anyone could be a Taliban fighter, who’s out to harm or kill the US and NATO forces with their improvised weapons. Thus no weapons of any kind will ever help bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Jonas SavimbiIn Angola, we have witnessed how civil war has ravaged the Angolan country for over 27 years as UNITA rebels, an anti-Communist rebel group, waged civil war against the MPLA, Angolan government forces. Not until 2002, when UNITA’s leader, Jonas Savimbi was finally killed by the MPLA, that Angola started to smell a sense of peace and stability, but only after UNITA disintegrated itself from an armed rebel group to an unarmed political organization and went to the poll, a general multi-party election, as an opposition party and is now a part of a democratic Angolan parliamentarian politics.

And, as President Obama currently reminisces on what strategy and direction to take in Afghanistan, increasing the US troops or NATO forces in Afghanistan will not make a difference. What Obama and his NATO allies must do is to craft a new strategy, to democratically politicize the war in Afghanistan, with the people of Afghanistan, to try to educate and explain to them about their new strategy, of not fighting arm to arm with the Taliban fighters but to bring them together with the Afghani government as a political party. To work with the government of Pakistan, and bring Mullah Omar and his Taliban group to a negotiating table with the government of Karzai, so that the Taliban can become an unarmed political organization, and join the government of Karzai to hold a democratic multi-party general election.

Hamid KarzaiA better way to start out with this is possibly for Mr. Obama to allocate a certain amount of money as a grant to Afghanistan, unlike what Bush has done in the past, and allocate this money to the rebuilding of the Afghanistan institutions and marketplace for the general consumers.

Of course this process will take time, but Obama can work on it for the next few years towards this new strategy and resolution, to negotiate an integration of the Taliban group as an opposition, unarmed political organization within the Afghanistan government. And if that happens, then that will make Osama bin Laden come out of the hole where he’s been hiding for all these years.

Because wherever Mullah Omar is currently hiding, that’s the same place bin Laden is likely hiding, and if Mullah Omar peacefully joins a democratically elected multi-party Afghani government as an opposition party leader, unlike the recent election, then peace and stability may come to the people of Afghanistan and the US and NATO may then be able to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.

This is the only solution that can help end the war in Afghanistan, which may finally lead to the demise of Osama bin Laden. However, if Obama decides to tackle the Taliban with armed forces, then that will simply yield in the same way as the war in Afghanistan by Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, the British, and the Soviet Union, which resulted in a simple withdraw of their troops without ever achieving their objectives.